2017: I've been looking around on the internet and found some videos of music I've done/been involved with...have a look...maybe you'll find some music you like!
YouTube Videos of my music
If you want a chronology from 2008 (the year of the apparent reboot of my music career), read from the bottom-up!
"Your Sleekest Engine"
was released in March,
(hover over the cd image
to go to their site)
Your Sleekest Engine CD
Featuring such special guests as Jon Hassell, Mick Karn, Steve Jansen, Charlie Woodward, Matt Malley, Lesley Braden and Richard Barbieri, Genre Peak's highly impressive, immensely catchyYour Sleekest Engine is the kind of album you might well start listening to, not fully knowing what you're musically in for, and yet hit repeat every single time it ends - for days!
Pour les personnes peu habituées à l'électronique expérimentale, cet album peut surprendre, voire déstabiliser. Mais il y a dans l'œuvre de Martin Birke une volonté de franchir les frontières musicales et d'emmener l'auditeur dans des contrées peu visitées. On est donc bien au-delà de la vanité new wave ou de la platitude des dance-floors, mais plutôt dans une expérience somme toute intéressante.
That’s where records like “Tubular Bells” come from. I think main Peaker, Martin, Birke has made a “Bells” for his generation. With a cast and crew of from left of center rock, ambient music and other outliers in the mainstream, he’s made a record that pop radio won’t play after Beyonce but it should be leaking out of hard drives and smart phones everywhere by people that love to go their own way. Quite an enveloping sonic journey, restless ears are sure to welcome this home. Hot stuff.
"God Fearing Men" scares me...it draws you in"
"there is a lot here that will make fans of pop era Japan meets Jon & Vangelis very happy indeed. " (about my vocals)
"The album then comes to a close with the quite riveting, quite innovative pop synth breeze of 'The Waiting Station' ("When I need to move ahead, time just f**ks around instead"). "
The Waiting Station In a lot of ways, this is the most unusual piece here. It has a real jazz sort of vibe to it. It gets a parental advisory on the lyrics. There is a soulful element to some of the vocals. I love the multiple layers of vocals. The whole piece is a nice bit of variety. It’s quite cool, too. It still has more of the modern prog and techno elements. It’s just the balance gets a real bit of jazz included in it.
Review by G. W. Hill, Music Street Journal
Genre Peak Maxi Single "Fix Me Deeper" with Manal Deeb
October 2015 saw the release of "Fix Me Deeper", the first single from the new Genre Peak album. Here's something from the Genre Peak website: Matt Malley (Counting Crows) has contributed some critical bass tracks for our latest sessions, thanks to Rob Ayling for hooking us up. Cheers ! Special guest performances on our forthcoming album "Your Sleekest Engine" include Steve Jansen,Lesley Braden & Brendan Mills-McCabe,Charlie Woodward with Christopher Scott Cooper engineering,production and guitars. Expect it to hit the street February. The deal is made, Gonzo music will distribut worldwide - I'll put up a link when it happens
Van de Forst
August 28, 2015 - "Lucky", the new album by Van de Forst is out! Listen to "Comin
' Home to Nashville" and "Cowgirl Ridin' High", the two songs I co-wrote with Michael Voss.
Click on the picture to the left to go to iTunes to buy it!
August, 2015: And we're moving forward with Genre Peak's new album, name tbd...this will be a great album, also with a lot of great and talented musicians. Like N-Depth's Dawn, Martin Birke takes me to places I've never been before, musically. More to come...
Martin Birke of Genre Peak
Country Singer Van deForst
August, 2015: The beautiful girl to the left, Van de Forst, has one of the best country voices I have ever heard! Michael Voss (producer of Michael Schenker Group, Singer/Guitarist for Casanova) and I co-wrote a song for her, and she sang it like I never could have imagined. Stay tuned, her album is going to br great! Michael and I will have two songs on this album!
N-Depth "The Recovery"
April, 2015: N-Depth released his "The Recovery", with a bunch of really cool music by some very talented and up-and-coming artists from the SF bay Area. N-Depth and I wrote a song together, "Dawn", which is on this album. Get it for your collection!
Charlie singing in the studio
Martin and I recorded our first song "The Waiting Station" at Chris Cooper's wonderful studio, using very interesting techniques, last year, and we'll be going into the studio soon to mix it down. It's a cool song.
We're also writing several other new tunes together, and we will also be recording our second song in February, "Denizen Darklight", which will have some language surprises.
More to come...
Martin Birke - Genre Peak
In May of 2012, I went to see my old friend and fellow musician, Edo Castro, play bass at a club in Berkeley. It was great, as I exoected, but the reunion was even better. Edo and I hadn't seen each other for many moons. We talked about music, of course, and he suggested I meet Martin Birke, of Genre Peak. Martin and I exchanged tunes and emails, he seemed like a nice guy, and I liked his music.
Well, he liked mine, too, and asked if I would want to be his next collaborator on his upcoming album. I said yes, and we are now a songwriting team! We're working on two tunes now and hope to meet (for the first time) in September.
Have a listen (click on the album cover to the right) and look around (click on Martin's picture), and tell me what you think. Martin is signed with Gonzo Media Group, in the U.K.
I'll be putting more here soon. If you want email updates, contact me!
The other half of the fantastic "Flame Spittaz", N-Depth (a.k.a. Paul Daniel Delodovici) and I got together in October, 2009, and recorded a phenomenal song called "Dawn". Paul e-mailed me one day and said he has a beat I should listen to, because he wants me to sing the chorus and a verse on it. I went to his studio in South San Francisco and, when I heard the beatz, I immediately started singing a version of the chorus that is now "Dawn". It's a song about forgiveness, love and life. Have a listen, I know you'll like it.
N-Depth - The Recovery
I started working with Erik Gonsalves, "Empire" one of the "Flame Spittaz" I met while singing for Diz (See below), and we recorded a song called "Where'd You Go?".
The song showcases three artists from different backgrounds. Erik, Wayne "Optimus Pryme" and Charlie each took the theme of having the feeling of losing the girl one loves, and trying to explain our feelings to her, to get her to open up.
We sat down one warm night in August in south San Francisco, each went to his own corner to write his bit, and then we recorded. No weeks of deliberation, just sing, rap and spit what we feel.
Take a listen by following the link to the right. Then please visit Erik's and Wayne's sites. You'll like what you hear.